HelpAge International is the only global organisation specifically dedicated to ensuring older people receive the humanitarian assistance they need and to which they have a right. We have 30 years' experience of working with and for older people in conflict and disaster situations.
(c) Peter Caton/HelpAge International
In conflict and disaster situations, we respond with a range of activities:
- We provide cash and essential relief to meet urgent basic needs including food, shelter and hygiene items. Wherever possible we enable the people we support to decide for themselves what they need by providing assistance in the form of cash transfers.
- We help to ensure older people have the healthcare they need. This may involve supporting local health facilities and systems with drugs and equipment to treat the non-communicable diseases that affect so many older people, such as hypertension and diabetes, failing eyesight, and mobility difficulties. We provide training for staff in government and NGO-run health facilities, and we advise and support health providers with policy advice and support on healthcare for older people.
- We help to ensure older people have the nutrition assistance they need and that general food distributions are accessible for older people. We conduct nutrition assessments using a dedicated methodology that we developed (the Rapid Assessment Methodology for Older People, or RAM-OP). If markets are functioning and food is available to buy, we will provide cash to older people so they can buy food. Where necessary, we may provide food directly to older people.
- We support older people to sustain their livelihoods so they have an income on which to survive. We do this by providing work opportunities and access to micro-credit opportunities, as well as direct cash transfers.
- We help to ensure protection of older people's lives, security and dignity by identifying the most vulnerable, facilitating their access to essential assistance and care, and advocating for their rights.
- We support organisations and institutions that provide humanitarian assistance to enable the inclusion of older people in the assistance they provide. We provide technical advice, guidelines and training materials, as well as individual and organisational training.
Our humanitarian work is funded from a range of different sources:
- Private donations from individuals, trusts and foundations in the UK raised by our UK partner Age International. This includes public appeals run by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
- Private donations from individuals, trusts and foundations raised by HelpAge network members, HelpAge USA and HelpAge Germany. This includes public appeals run by Aktion Deutschland Hilft (ADH) in Germany.
The Start Fund, the pooled money for NGOs managed by the Start Network. HelpAge is a founder member of the Start Network.
Multilateral donors, including the Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO), and UN-managed pooled funds, for example, CHF.
Bilateral donor including the UK Government (DFID), the US Government (OFDA and BPRM), the German Government (AA) and the small island states of Jersey (JOA), Guernsey (GOAC) and Isle of Man (International Development Committee).
UN agencies and international NGOs.